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  • The Perfection

    The Perfection

    ★★½

    I am genuinely uncertain whether what I just watched was terrible terrible, or hilariously awesomely terrible. And I'm not sure if the director and cast know either. But I wasn't bored.

    I attended a screening with a Q&A from director Richard Shepard and stars Alison Williams and Logan Browning, and Shepard said the film was shot in 24 days, cheap and fast, from an idea he developed himself for Williams, and that seems about right. Shepard also said his inspiration…

  • American Animals

    American Animals

    ★★★½

    This is another strong true crime feature (mixing traditional narrative film features with voiceovers and interviews with the actual individuals) from the director of the equally good The Imposter, now focusing a group of profoundly dumb smart kids who get in way over their heads in order to make themselves feel special by committing a heist. Good performances help elevate what is essentially just the umpteenth Leopold & Loeb story of ennui, ego, and youthful stupidity.

    But damn, I was not expecting Udo Kier.

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  • Escape from L.A.

    Escape from L.A.

    ★★★

    I've been avoiding this for a long time because of its somewhat dire rep. Coming in with very low expectations, I ended up enjoying it just fine, though it's colossally forgettable and inessential considering how much wacky shit goes on and how great the cast is. Aside from Bruce Campbell, who makes the most of his appearance as both the zenith and nadir of LA's obsession with plastic surgery, most everyone else was forgettable, and that's saying something when you…

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★½

    Been waiting for this rewatch for a long time. I let my kids watch the first Terminator a month or two back, and then put on T2 for them last night. I was super careful not to let them know anything about it other than that Schwarzenegger comes back as a Terminator again. And the twist worked beautifully. They fully thought Robert Patrick was a good guy sent from the future, and when Arnold suddenly saves John Connor, it absolutely blew their little minds.